—Never one to back down from a chance to feud with or to poke fun at anyone or anything, Chicago’s venerable late-night hot dog stand The Wiener’s Circle is embroiled in a feud with L.A. dog stalwart Pink’s over the National League Championship Series pitting the Cubs against the Dodgers. The dog fight began on Oct. 15, after the Dodgers defeated the Nationals and advanced to play the Cubs, when Wiener’s Circle tweeted "I hope LA is better at baseball than they are at hot dogs. Sauerkraut?!? What's next? Ketchup? @Pinkshotdogs stinks! Go Cubs!#dodgersvscubs." It has since escalated to involve mustard, Steve Bartman, and TWC even pledged to make a Pink’s-style dog if the Dodgers win. Follow the real action this series on @DOGSnSHAKES and @pinkshotdogs.
—TripAdvisor’s annual listicle of the World’s Best Fine Dining Restaurants is out, with Alinea clocking in sixth and tops in the country. Martin Berasategui of Lasarte, Spain is tops in the world on the list that’s "chosen by millions of travelers."
—Speaking of lists, men’s magazine Playboy named its Best New Bars in America in its November issue, and Streeterville cocktail destination GreenRiver landed at number nine. Washington D.C.’s Columbia Room topped the list.
—Ready for another list? Plate magazine released its annual Chefs to Watch this week — usually a good barometer of future success and staying power — and Chicago is well-represented. Ryan McCaskey (Acadia), Cameron Grant (Osteria Langhe, Animale), Noah Sandoval and Genie Kwon (Oriole), and Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart (Dos Urban Cantina) get the honors.
—Fresh off its expose of Chicago food trucks that break the law, the Sun-Times is at it again—except this time the newspaper is taking on valets. The paper reports that a city investigation reveals that two-thirds of Chicago’s 388 restaurant, bar and hotel valet operators don’t comply with city regulations, chiefly off-site street parking mandates, resulting in around $300,000 in fines and other penalties.
—Breathe easy, Wrigleyville and Lakeview late-night drinkers. Big City Tap is back open.
—And finally, just in time for your election day shopping needs, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria’s "Chinga tu Pelo"—spawned as an f.u. to Donald Trump (and his hair) by the Mexican-American-founded local brewery—is now available for home shipping via The Beer Temple.